Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's national unity government will fall on Monday, after a bill to disperse the Knesset was agreed upon Tuesday. Labor, Shinui, National Religious Party and National Union factions agreed with newly elected Labor chairman Amir Peretz that the ideal date for the general elections would be March 7, the first Tuesday in March. "For the good of Israel, the date cannot be delayed," Peretz said. "National responsibility requires holding the election as soon as possible. I support elections at the beginning of March, and I hope Sharon agrees.” Peretz brought the deal to the Labor faction for approval on Tuesday afternoon, and will propose it to Sharon on Thursday, followed by a presentation to the Labor Central Committee on Sunday. On Monday, Peretz forced Labor's eight ministers to sign resignation letters.
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